Islamist insurgents have seized manage of a important city in northern Mozambique, shut to where by overseas companies are performing on a $60bn (£52bn) normal gasoline job.
The militants staged an right away attack on Mocimboa de Praia, getting a military services foundation and elevating their flag, police mentioned.
The army and law enforcement have launched a counter-offensive, law enforcement extra.
This is the 1st time Mozambican jihadists have attacked a big town.
They typically attack villages and farms.
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Panicked inhabitants explained the fighters had blocked all exit routes, and they could not leave the town.
“They are using residents to the mosque and locking them there,” the privately owned Moz24h web page quoted a resident as indicating.
Hundreds have been killed and countless numbers displaced during the a few-12 months insurgency in Cabo Delgado.
The governing administration has battled to suppress the insurgency, even with assist from a Russian armed service corporation.
The militants call themselves al-Shabab though it is unclear no matter whether they are linked to the noticeably more substantial Somali motion of the exact same identify.
Cabo Delgado is one particular of Mozambique’s poorest regions, but it is rich in untapped mineral assets.
In 2010, Mozambique identified massive gasoline reserves in Rovuma Basin, off the Indian Ocean coast of Cabo Delgado.
Very last Oct, ExxonMobil unveiled plans to devote additional than $500m in the preliminary development section of its fuel undertaking in the location.